F-M hosts screening of new, award-winning documentary

— Eagle Hill Middle School in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District is hosting a special screening of a new, award-winning documentary that shows through the use of time-lapse photography the retreat of Arctic glaciers and ice sheets during a seven-year period.

The community is welcome to attend the "Chasing Ice" screening at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Eagle Hill auditorium. Sponsored by Syracuse University, the event is free of charge. The movie is rated PG-13 for "brief strong language."

The school is located at 4645 Enders Road, Manlius.

The screening is a follow-up to a trip sixth grade students from Wellwood and Eagle Hill middle schools took in March 2011 to Syracuse University. They attended a presentation by James Balog, National Geographic photographer and director of the Extreme Ice Survey. Mr. Balog uses photography to document the retreat of glaciers and ice sheets due to climate change. His new documentary, “Chasing Ice,” has won 23 awards at film festivals around the world.

In the spring of 2005, Mr. Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Mr. Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk, according to its website.

The documentary’s title song, “Before My Time,” written by J. Ralph and performed by Scarlett Johansson and March 2003 University Lecturer Joshua Bell, was nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

“Chasing Ice” will also be shown 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel as part of SU’s University Lectures series. That event is also free and open to the public.

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